Neil Jones and Kevin Clifton might have worked on Strictly together in recent years, but it seems their paths first crossed some time ago.
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Last year, Neil claimed that his former co-star previously came between him and his then-dance partner, causing them to ultimately split. The 38-year-old told the Sun that he used to compete with a dancer named Laura Jane, and that they had performed together at Blackpool Tower when they were junior competitors.
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All was well until Laura dropped the bombshell that she was secretly dating Kevin – one of the champion dancers at the event. Soon after, Neil and Laura parted ways.
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Neil revealed: "We were in Blackpool Tower as juniors and she is telling me that she has a boyfriend. She said, 'He is one of the champions. He is Kevin Clifton.' I think we broke up then."
Neil was previously married to fellow Strictly star Katya Jones
The pro dancer then added: "And I remember thinking, 'I don't want to dance with her.'"
Neil famously went on to partner Katya Jones – who later became his wife. The couple tied the knot in August 2013, but after six years of marriage announced their separation in August 2019. Neil is now in a relationship with Luisa Eusse.
Neil with his girlfriend Luisa Eusse
Neil confirmed his new romance back in August 2020. When asked by an Instagram follower: "Are you still single?" the Strictly star replied: "Nope."
A few days later he posted his first photo of him and Luisa, which showed the dark-haired beauty leaning against him, with her eyes closed. He simply captioned the snapshot with a heart emoji.
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Kevin, meanwhile, has been married three times. His first marriage was to a dance partner when he was 20, and he later married pro dancer Clare Craze. Their divorce was finalised in 2013.
The 37-year-old tied the knot with fellow Strictly star Karen Hauer in July 2015. They confirmed their shock split in March 2018. He is now in a relationship with his former celebrity partner, Stacey Dooley.
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